Japan's Nikkei stock average slipped 0.6 percent on Thursday, as the yen rose to a fresh two-month high against the dollar weighing on Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> and other exporters.
Tech shares fell in the wake of losses by their U.S. peers, with Sony Corp <6758.T> dropping 2 percent.
Sony said it plans to halve the number of its parts and materials suppliers in the next two years, aiming to slash procurement costs by 20 percent this financial year as it seeks return to profit.
The benchmark Nikkei <.N225> shed 68.81 points to 9,275.81, while the broader Topix <.TOPX> lost 0.7 percent to 879.91.
(Reporting by Elaine Lies)